Autovue Drive-In

6800 N. Division Street,
Spokane, WA 99218

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Autovue Drive-In

The Autovue Drive-In opened in around 1950. It had a capacity for 740 cars.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Yes, It parked 400 cars and in the late fifties it was owned by AUTO VUE THEATRES.

jwmovies on September 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was a block north of address listed above.Lowe’s is where the theatre was.

eriksmith on September 12, 2015 at 3:52 am

By the mid-to-late ‘70s, when I was old enough to be aware of such things, the Auto-Vue was showing standard first-and-second-run features, usually with an action bent. I remember seeing “The Hot Rock,” “The Stone Killers,” “The Driver” and “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” there — just to name a few. Keep in mind, back in the ‘70s, many first-run movies never played the major moviehouses — there just weren’t enough screens in town — and drive-ins were the only place to catch movies like these.

The Auto-Vue was notable for several reasons. It had a wonderful marquee out by the highway, a neon-trimmed sign that took the shape of a streamlined fastback car, circa 1950. The screen was enclosed in metal in the rear, facing the highway, in a streamline moderne style.

But something else I remember clearly is the fact that the reel between the first and second features never, ever changed. After the trailers came 20 minutes of snack-bar advertising and reminders to turn off your headlights and promises to prosecute anyone stealing the in-car speakers, and the film was so old and so faded that none of the colors looked right. In fact, some of it was still in black-and-white. I saw that reel so many times I could recite half the ads the moment they came on-screen. In an age when the TV was showing ads about “the Pepsi Challenge,” the Auto-Vue was still showing ads from the early sixties touting “Pepsi — for those who think young.”

I always meant to get a picture of that lovely marquee — but by the time I moved back to Spokane in the mid-‘80s, the Auto-Vue was already gone.

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